Self published, 2021. Edition of 500 copies, signed and numbered. Hardcover, 175 x 227 mm, unpaged, color illustrated throughout. Photographs and text by Laura El-Tantawy. Design by Sybren Kuiper.
As a young Egyptian, Tahrir felt like I was documenting my generation's story — our struggle for a sense of dignity and respect. It also affirmed my passion for photography and telling people stories — stories about home, belonging, dignity and empathy. I'm inspired by people and feel privileged to have documented this chapter in my country's history." Egypt's revolution: 'The roar of the crowd shook my feet' BBC News
January 25th, 2021 marks 10-years since the spark of the Tahrir Square protests that unseated former Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak. On this occasion, I am releasing a newly edited & redesigned version ofIn the Shadow of the Pyramids. This release engages the original photographs in a new framework — upholding the historical prominence of the imagery while meditating on the paling memory of the revolution.
In the Shadow of the Pyramids 2.0is not a book I anticipated making. It was born out of a sense of responsibility to honour my role of bearing witness to, and visually chronicling, one of the most important chapters in modern Egyptian history. This is coupled with a fervent necessity on my part as an Egyptian to conserve the memory of those life altering events and ensure they remain alive in our conscience as Egyptians and compassionate world citizens.
The 10-year anniversary editionstays true to the size and material architecture of its older sibling. However, reflecting the traces of time, its inside pages have undergone a radical design transformation.In the Shadow of the Pyramids 2.0tells a story reminiscent of the impact the past 10 years have had on the narrative around the revolution and the emotional toll this imposes on the reading of the photographs made between 2005 and 2014.